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September 2013 Vol. 12 No. 7

Dell nips NetApp for top midrange storage array vendors honors

Dell Inc. beat out NetApp Inc. in a seesaw battle to lead another strong field of midrange storage array vendors in Storage magazine's eighth Quality Awards survey. Over the course of eight years of annual Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards, users have registered their satisfaction with their midrange storage array vendors by consistently rating them highly in all evaluation categories. This year is no exception. Dell Inc. managed to edge out NetApp Inc. in a very tight competition, and all seven finalists once again racked up solid scores. Midrange arrays are in the "sweet spot" of networked storage. They boast enough performance and capacity to handle all but the most demanding of enterprise applications, but they also offer a reasonable entry point with room to grow for smaller and midsized companies. In our annual Storage Purchasing Surveys, midrange storage arrays have figured prominently in purchasing plans, accounting for nearly half of all storage system spending. Over the years, the midrange segment has ...

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